Microsoft unveils new Applied Cloud Stories initiative

Image via Ashley McNamara (Microsoft)

Last month, Microsoft partnered up with NTT to develop reliable solutions through Azure. The firm also introduced a new bursting capability for Azure Disks, only a few days after announcing Azure Spot Virtual Machines in preview.

In its latest cloud-centric move, the tech giant has unveiled its new Applied Cloud Stories initiative. This is essentially a competition that invites participants to share technical content regarding an interesting experience with Microsoft's cloud platform.

The "story" can be both in the form of an article or a video, and should revolve around a topic in one of the following categories:

  • Open Source
  • Applications
  • DevOps + Infrastructure
  • Big Data + Distributed Systems
  • Machine Learning + Data Science
  • Research

Once submitted through the official website for Applied Cloud Stories, the content will be reviewed by a committee that consists of Azure engineers, industry leaders, and more. A limited number of featured stories will be voted upon by each member of this committee, along with one stand-out performer of their choice from each category.

The prizes for those who win will include the title of Recognized Community Contributor, custom art from Ashley McNamara, Director of Open Source Initiatives at Microsoft, and more. The Azure engineering team will also provide them with an opportunity to have a discussion with them relating to the cloud.

Notably, the content does not necessarily have to be about Azure, but at least one part of the platform should be used to run scenario workloads on. As Microsoft puts it, "We are more interested to hear about people’s scenarios and technology choices first." Those who are interested can share their stories before March 15 through the Applied Cloud Stories website.

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